Clearwell Caves - Ancient Iron Mines

Clearwell Caves - Ancient Iron Mines
Nr Coleford
Royal Forest of Dean
GL16 8JR




01594 832535


01594 833362

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The show caves are a part of an extensive natural cave system, mined for iron ore to make one of Britain's most complex and oldest mine workings; dating back well over 4,500 years, when Neolithic miners dug for ochre pigments.

Nine atmospheric ancient caverns are open to visitors, that have an exciting and intriguing past. You will see why television programmes like Dr Who and Merlin have chosen to film here. Walk through intriguing, sometimes eerie, iron ore workings and tunnels, following in the footsteps of generations of miners, who cut their livelihood from the rock.

Venue Type:

Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Partly open during January on weekends and during the week when clearing 10am - 4pm.
Open fully everyday from:
11th February until the 4th November 2012. Daily, 10am to 5pm (last entry)

Admission charges

Adults: £6.00
Concessions: £5.50
Children (5 to 16 years. Under 5's free): £4.00
Family Ticket (2+2): £19.00 (2+3) £21.00